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  • Events in the Neighborhood

    Holiday Trash Pickup:

    Hi neighbors!  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the regular Friday trash pick up will take place on Saturday November 24th.  Check out the link below for other information on what’s open and what’s closed this Thanksgiving:

    https://www.cabq.gov/holiday/news/thanksgiving-holiday-information

     

    Visitor Use Management Plan/Environmental Assessment

    The National Park Service, in coordination with the City of Albuquerque, is evaluating a range of options to formalize a trail system and manage public access within Petroglyph National Monument. This environmental assessment evaluates a no action alternative and two action alternatives that address the goals and objectives of this plan. The National Park Service invites the public to review and comment on the document during the 30-day public review and comment period from November 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. The public is invited to attend a meeting and to review and comment on Petroglyph National Monument’s Visitor Use Management Plan/Environmental Assessment on the National Park Service’s planning website.

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council Meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

     

    PNM Community Assistance Events:
    These events are held statewide in order to make the PNM Good Neighbor Fund more accessible and convenient for our customers. At these events, applications will be taken for the Good Neighbor Fund and if persons qualify, they will be given a special Good Neighbor Fund code that they may call into PNM.  The PNM Good Neighbor Fund will be the only organization at these events.
    Please check out this flyer for event dates during 2018:  PNM On-Site Events 2018
  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Food Pantry Program Accepting Donations of Non-Perishable Food

    The Alamosa, East Central, John Marshall, and Los Griegos Health and Social Service Centers all offer a Food Pantry 5 days a week, for those in our community in need of food. No one is turned away. The Food Pantry program is always looking for donations of non-perishable food items, so if you would like to give, contact: Mayan Armijo at: marmijo@cabq.gov for more information.

     

    Pulitzer-Prize Winning Photographer Showcases 30 Years of Work

    Don Bartletti, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, will showcase his 30 years of work across the globe at a photo exhibition lasting October 5 – December 28 through the New Mexico Humanities Council.  To learn more about Don Bartletti and the Humanities Council, visit: www.nmhum.org

     

    Consumer Reports Provides Free Online Resources for Buying, Shopping, and Saving Money

    Have you checked out Consumer Reports on the City’s Library website yet? This free online resource allows you to make better decisions about buying things like cars, TVs, appliances, electronics, and much more. Money-saving tips, product reviews and recommendations, and buying suggestions are just part of what you can access with Consumer Reports. And all you need is your library card! You can find this great online resource on the Library’s eResources and Databases page at: https://abqlibrary.org/az.php

     

    Wood Burning Restrictions In Effect October Through February

    The Environmental Health Department reminds residents that wood burning restrictions go into effect October 1 through February 28. The Department will issue burn restrictions as needed each day based on daily pollution levels, weather patterns, air movement, and temperatures. Before you burn, make sure there are no restrictions by calling 768-BURN (2876) or by signing up for alerts at: www.cabq.gov/airquality/todays-status

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    SHERIFF’S CITIZEN ACADEMY

    Partner with the BCSO Deputies and make a difference by taking an active role in being the caretakers of your community and your fellow citizens. Join our effort!

     

    Our next class is scheduled for February 2019! Sign up soon! Classes fill up fast.

     

    Citizen’s Academy

    Address
    415 Tijeras NW, 4th Floor
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

    Hours: 8:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M Monday-Friday

    Qualifications

    • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
    • Applicant cannot have any felony convictions
    • Applicant cannot have any misdemeanor or D.W.I arrests within the past 3 years
    • Applicant must pass a background check
    • Applicant must complete a Citizen Police Academy applicant and signed waiver of liability form
    • Applicant needs to be available to attend the one night a week, 3 hour block of training for the 16 week program

    Learn About

    • Officer Selection and Training
    • Laws of Arrest / Search & Seizure
    • The purpose of having Specialty Units (i.e. S.W.A.T., K-9, Narcotics, CSI and more)
    • Use of Force and Hands on Scenario Based Training

    Contact Us Today!

    Phone: 505) 804-0004

    http://www.bernalillocountysheriff.com/bernalillo-county-sheriff/citizens-police-academy.aspx

     

    Water Utility Authority Reminds You to Cut Back on Landscape Watering In Autumn

    With cooler temperatures upon us, it’s time to cut back on your landscape watering and irrigation. Follow the Water by the Numbers program, and cut back your watering to 2 days per week. Cooler nights mean less evaporation and less watering is needed! If it rains, you can skip one of your watering days, too! To learn more about the Water by the Numbers program, visit:www.abcwua.org/Water_by_the_Numbers.aspx

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Click here for website

  • Safety

    News from the BCSO Newsletter:

    The changing of the seasons is upon us and temperatures
    in the east mountain area are beginning to fall. We
    would like to remind you of the fact that temperatures and
    weather can change within minutes and citizens and residents
    enjoying the numerous trails and outdoor recreation
    areas should be prepared for inclement weather. As such,
    please remember the following:
    1. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain,
    conditions, local weather and your equipment before
    you start.
    2. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are
    hiking, when you will return and your emergency
    plans.
    3. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a
    group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
    4. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue
    and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The
    mountains will be there another day.
    5. Even if you are headed out for just an hour; an injury, severe
    weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening.
    Make plans for survival.
    The Sandia Ranger District, Ranger Station, has numerous booklets,
    pamphlets, and resources available to ensure a safe hike.

     

    OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

    The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the awareness, prevention, and investigation of
    domestic violence incidents. Many times domestic violence incidents are reported and responded to by
    our uniformed Field Services Division. The response does not end there, the additional response is then
    picked up by one or a combination of members of our Criminal Investigative Division often our Violent
    Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit and our Victim Liaison will play an important role in bringing the incident
    to adjudication and providing services to the victims.

    Keeping or discouraging the victim from seeing
    friends or family members
     Embarrassing or shaming the victim with putdowns
     Controlling every penny spent in the household
     Taking the victim’s money or refusing to give
    them money for expenses
     Looking at or acting in ways that scare the person
    they are abusing
     Controlling who the victim sees, where they go,
    or what they do
     Dictating how the victim dresses, wears their
    hair, etc.
     Stalking the victim or monitoring their victim’s
    every move (in person or also via the internet
    and/or other devices such as GPS tracking or
    the victim’s phone)
     Preventing the victim from making their own decisions
     Telling the victim that they are a bad parent or
    threatening to hurt, kill, or take away their children
     Threatening to hurt or kill the victim’s friends,
    loved ones, or pets
     Intimidating the victim with guns, knives, or other weapons

    Pressuring the victim to have sex when
    they don’t want to or to do things sexually
    they are not comfortable with
     Forcing sex with others
     Refusing to use protection when having
    sex or sabotaging birth control
     Pressuring or forcing the victim to use
    drugs or alcohol
     Preventing the victim from working or
    attending school, harassing the victim at
    either, keeping their victim up all night
    so they perform badly at their job or in
    school
     Destroying the victim’s property

    National Hotlines
    National Domestic Violence Hotline (live chat available via website)
    1-800-799-7233
    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (live chat available via website)
    1-866-331-9474
    Statewide Crisis Lines
    New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Stalking HelpLine
    1-877-974-3400
    The New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking HelpLine is a free
    statewide service that provides legal information, advice and referrals to attorneys and other
    community agencies who can help you. The helpline is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    www.lawhelpnewmexico.org – Provides information on domestic violence, orders of protections and resources for legal help from New Mexico Legal Aid.

     

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Tips for Identifying and Verifying Information

How do we know if what we are reading is fact or fiction? The Office of Neighborhood Coordination gives us some questions to ask in its’ “Weekly E-News” from July 30, 2018.

“In this day and age of non-stop information from endless sources, it’s important to know what is real and factual, what is an opinion or a belief, what is an honest mistake, and what is completely made up and fictitious. Below are some ideas on how to determine what information is true and what is not.

  • Who or what is the source of the information, what are its credentials, and is this source an authority?
  • Who is the intended audience and is it a specific group?
  • Can the accuracy of the information be corroborated? Is the information accurate, or is it slanted in one direction or another?
  • Does the article that shares this information use balanced, calm language or sensational, dramatic language?
  • Is the information current?
  • Can you find more information about the article or subject by doing your own research?
  • Have the photos or graphics associated with the article or subject been altered or faked in any way?
  • When you do open up an article in your web browser, open another empty tab and use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that are referenced in the article.
  • Most importantly, ensure that what you are sharing or passing along is verifiable and accurate before you post.

There are many resources for fact-checking and verifying information accuracy online, and here is a good resource for how to further research information, at: https://abqlibrary.org/FakeNews/FactCheck.”

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Library Services for Research and Fun

With school well underway, it is time for research. So, with this blog entry, let us look at the ways we can use the Albuquerque library to help with learning. And, after the work is done, ways the Albuquerque library can provide some fun. Our library offers so much for FREE. If you do not see what you want here, ask a librarian or check out their website.

Lynda.com Offers Variety of Free Online Training

“Have you tried Lynda.com using your library card yet? This free online training resource offers numerous courses on graphic design, technology, business, and other creative skills, designed to help you achieve personal and professional goals. The trainings are video-based tutorials and allow you to learn at your own pace. And all you need is a current library card! Visit: www.abqlibrary.org to log in and start learning today!”

From: Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, July 23, 2018

CloudLibrary Offers Free Digital Books With A Swipe Of Your Library Card

“Have you tried CloudLibrary yet? This awesome digital platform makes it so easy to find reading content! Whether on the web, a tablet, your mobile device, or a branch discovery terminal, you can browse digital books at your leisure. CloudLibrary keeps all your books in sync so that when you switch devices, the software keeps your place. All you need is your Library card! To learn more about this very cool service, visit: https://abqlibrary.org/cloudlibrary.”

From: Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, July 30, 2018

Resources for Schoolkids and College Students Available Online

“Do you have kids in elementary, middle or high school? Have a college student? There are numerous city resources available for their use online! Learn about after school programs, recreational programs, transportation options, learn about fun things to do, and much more that can help make this school year one of the best! Visit: www.cabq.gov/youth-connect to learn about resources for elementary, middle and high school students or www.cabq.gov/student-guide for resources for college students.”

From: Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, August 20, 2018

Museum Discovery Pass Program

“The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County is pleased to offer local museum family passes for check out. This program is designed to engage adults, children and families in art, history, science, technology and literacy learning. The Museum Discovery Passes are made possible through the Library’s materials funding and donation of Passes from some of the Library’s partners in the program.”

“The Museum Discovery Passes are offered at all branches of the Public Library except for the Special Collections branch. Museum passes may be checked out by adult cardholders with full access accounts in good standing.”

“Participating Institutions:

  • ABQ BioPark – Passes available through December 31, 2018.
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art and History – Passes available through August 31, 2019.
  • ¡Explora! – Passes available through August 31, 2018.
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology – Passes available through August 31, 2019.
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – Passes available through August 31, 2019.
  • Unser Racing Museum – Passes available through December 31, 2018.”

From: https://abqlibrary.org/museumpass

Hoopla Offers Free Streaming and Downloading for Library Patrons

“If you have a valid library card, you need to try Hoopla! It’s a streaming service that allows you to download books, music, movies, comics, TV shows, and so much more. Best part is that it’s free! Visit: www.abqlibrary.org to get started!”

Note: Albuquerque library uses Hoopla. Other library systems may use Kanopy.

Library Branches Offer Storytime for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

“Many of our city libraries offer terrific resources for parents, and the Storytime events are among the favorites. The weekly Storytime dates and times vary, but you can find one each week at nearly every branch. To learn more about Storytime for your little one, visit: www.abqlibrary.org.”

Libraries Offer Weekly Events

“Did you know the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Libraries all offer daily and weekly events in your neighborhood branch? There are story hours for kids, Read to the Dogs, Lego Clubs, book clubs for all ages, and of course, books and so much more! Visit the Events page at: http://libevents.abqlibrary.org.”

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Halloween Safety

The streets will soon be lined with ghosts and goblins for Halloween. The Bernalillo County Sherriff’s Department gives us some tips to keep them safe in this month’s, “The Communicator.”

“Halloween is quickly approaching and we would like to share some safety tips when you and your children are out and about trick or treating. The below safety tips are authored by “Safe Kids Worldwide” and can also be found at the following website: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.

WALK SAFELY

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

TRICK OR TREAT WITH AN ADULT

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

KEEP COSTUMES BOTH CREATIVE AND SAFE

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

DRIVE EXTRA SAFELY ON HALLOWEEN

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.”

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Periodic Watch Offers Extra Eye on Homes When You’re Out of Town

Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood advised us of periodic watch in their newsletter of May 21, 2018.

“Did you know that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) offers Periodic Watch Requests to residents who ask? This free service can be requested by calling your area command. If officers are available during the time your home is vacant, they will drive by and do a visual check of the home. Please note that this service can only be done if officers are not busy with dispatches or as their time allows between service calls. Residents are encouraged to let trusted family or neighbors know if they’ll be gone and if anyone will be checking on the house, having mail and newspapers stopped, and not posting absences on social media, but this can be an additional option for helping keep your home safe during your absence. To request this service, contact your local substation or area command. For a list of area commands, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/police/contact-the-police/area-commands

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Tips for Calling 911 vs. 242-COPS (2677)

In the May 21, 2018 newsletter, Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood informed us of the best uses for 911 and 242-COPS.

“We may all need to call 911 to report an emergency at some point, but oftentimes, we don’t realize what’s considered an emergency and what’s not. Below are examples of emergencies that should be reported to 911, and examples of non-emergencies that should be reported to 242-COPS.

Emergency 911 – A situation where someone’s life or property is in danger or being threatened, or an in-progress crime.

Accident with injuries

Attempted suicide

Ambulance and/or rescue calls

Person injured or bleeding

All fire calls

Strangers forcibly entering a neighbor’s house or car

Strangers carrying appliances, luggage, etc., from a neighbor’s house

People with visible weapons preparing to fight

If your home has been broken into while you were gone.

Note: DO NOT ENTER THE HOUSE ALONE!

Shootings, stabbings, armed robberies, and rape

 

Non-Emergency 242-COPS – a situation where a person’s life or property are not in immediate

danger, or where there have been no injuries.

Smashed doors or windows in unoccupied house or stores

Abandoned car on street

People loitering near schools

Information or rumors about impending or past crimes

“Late” discovery about crimes against people or properties

You can also report a non-emergency crime using APD’s smartphone app, or online at: www.cabq.gov/police/file-a-police-report-online . You can view a video detailing when to call 911 vs. 242-COPS here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtPaOOlqsog7jRkxF0zRKjw

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Crime Mapping and Reports Tools

Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination provided a link to the 2018 Crime Mapping Tool Shows Online Real-Time Activity in Albuquerque in its weekly newsletter on May 21, 2018.

“Have you bookmarked Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) Crime Mapping Tool yet? This online, real-time map of criminal activity offers residents an up-to-date snapshot of what type of criminal activity is happening in their neighborhoods. Visit: http://www.cabq.gov/police/online-services/crime-mapping/ and make sure to bookmark the page, as it is updated daily.”

I use the ABQPolice app on my phone.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” July 2018 announced their new reporting tool. “Our new system also allows the public access to crime data. There are three features the public can access to include Crime Mapping, Register a Camera, and Tip Submit. Anyone can access this information from his or her personal computer or smart phone. The public should access these features via the BCSO web page, www.bernalillocountysheriff.com. “

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Annual Meeting September 18, 2018

Hi Neighbors,

Our annual meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 6 pm at the Ladera Golf Course Banquet room. Please join us to to learn about the Metropolitan Court from the judges, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority Programs and Rebates, and vote for the changes to our bylaws and for board members.   Flyer can be viewed by selecting the link below:

Ladera West Annual Meeting 2018.docx

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Karen Buccola, President

Ladera West Neighborhood Association

 

 

 

 

Avoiding Being a Victim of Road Rage

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” July 2018 helps us avoid being a victim of road rage.

“The ‘Communicator’ received a request asking for tips and best practices to avoid being a victim ore experiencing ‘Road Rage.’ We in turn reached out to our Traffic Investigations Unit who was pleased to provide the following:

  1. Be well rested when you drive. The more tired you are the more easily you will become irritated. Also, the more exhausted you are the more likely you are to be distracted and less observant which will tend to cause driving errors that appear aggressive and possibly provoking road rage.
  2. Listen to traffic reports on the radio to avoid congested areas. You can do this on side streets before you reach the highway where congestion is more likely.
  3. Know alternative routes to your destination. This would include back roads that have less traffic. Even if they are a few miles longer, it is usually worth it to avoid long delays in traffic.
  4. Avoid a lot of noise and loud music. It is well known that lots of noise puts more stress on a person. Preferably, listen to soft music or talk radio. In addition, remind passengers to keep the noise down.
  5. Try driving at cooler times of day. Heat, especially when it cannot be controlled makes people more irritable. It will also be easier on your engine to drive when it is cooler.
  6. You can help in preventing road rage by giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Knowing you may be running late automatically puts you into “speed mode” where you are more tempted to get around other drivers to get where you are going.
  7. If you are running late call the person and tell them you will be late even if you must pull over to do so. Knowing that the person/s you are going expect you will be late takes a load of stress off you and you do not have to rush to meet their expectations.
  8. Avoid driving if you are already emotionally upset or excited.
  9. Exercise patience while driving. Patience prevents a multitude of problems including car collisions. Mentally relax when unexpected delays happen. Just be glad you aren’t alone. Everyone around you is delayed too. You will be preventing road rage in yourself by practicing patience.
  10. Signal early before braking.
  11. Give plenty of room for the driver behind hen changing lanes.
  12. Keep at least two car lengths of space ahead and behind your vehicle.
  13. Always signal when changing lanes.
  14. Count two seconds before proceeding at a stop sign.
  15. Don’t step on your gas pedal to get through a yellow light.

Using all these polite driving habits will keep you from seeming like an aggressive driver, and thus preventing road rage in drivers around you.”

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Easy Crime Prevention

We are reminded by The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” May 2018 that:

“Numerous studies have proven that when residents take pride in their neighbor-hood criminal acts diminish exponentially. With that said, take some steps to beautify your neighborhoods. Cleaning of front yards is the best place to start. Introduce yourselves to neighbors and turn the porch light on. Spend more time outdoors. These steps can be accomplished cost free and contribute to the overall health of a neighborhood.”

The May issue of Albuquerque Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s Neighborhood News showed a neighborhood that banded together to aide an abandoned home:

“Academy Estates East is a quiet neighborhood tucked away east of Spain and north of Montgomery, and one of its chief attractions is the closeness of many residents and neighbors. It’s this connection that led to what happened next. ‘I talked to several neighbors, including Janet Butts, and Nancy Plevin who lives behind the house,’ said [Block captain Anita] Harper. ‘We all agreed to maintain the front yard and keep the property looking clean and well-kept, so potential criminals wouldn’t know the house was empty.’ Neighbors raked leaves, mowed grass, and made the house not only look occupied, but more attractive than it had been previously.” After contacting the bank that foreclosed on the property and asking that it be placed on the market, this house is occupied.

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Wanted: Bernalillo County Security Aides

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 presented information about this interesting career. After learning about this position, you may want to pass the opportunity on to someone who is job hunting.

“The Bernalillo County Security Aide is an entry-level position that provides a pathway to becoming a deputy.  This position gives a person a chance to work with deputies and learn about the law enforcement profession.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department employs County Security Aides to assist deputies on patrol and to assist with security at the Metropolitan Detention Center and Public Safety Center.  While assisting patrol deputies, County Security Aide’s respond to crashes to take reports and assist with directing traffic at crashes or as needed.  County Security Aide’s also respond to other report calls that do not require a deputy at the scene.

At the Metropolitan Detention Center and Public Safety Center, County Security Aide’s utilize x-ray scanners and metal detectors to prevent arrestees and employees from bringing nauthorized items into the facilities.

Once hired, County Security Aide’s will attend the County Security Aide academy where they will learn the basic skills to be a County Security Aide. If the County Security Aide is going to work on patrol, the County Security Aide will then go through field training with a deputy for on the job training.”

If you have any questions about the County Security Aide position please contact Sgt. Fred Beers, at fdbeers@bernco.gov or (505)-468-7425.”

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